Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 17°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Two wards closed to admissions at Colchester General Hospital due to norovirus

13:10 27 March 2014

Colchester General Hospital has closed two wards to new admissions

Colchester General Hospital has closed two wards to new admissions

Two wards at an Essex hospital have today been closed to new admissions because of norovirus.

shares

It has led to a senior infection control nurse appealing for anyone who has had diarrhoea or vomiting within the last 48 hours to stay away from Colchester General Hospital.

Two ‘care of the elderly’ wards and one bay on a contingency ward at the hospital have been closed to new admissions.

Heather Dakin, senior infection control nurse, said there were currently about a dozen patients with symptoms.

“We’ve got more patients with norovirus than at any point in the winter, when the number of cases tends to peak,” she added.

“We would urge anyone thinking of visiting a loved one at Colchester General Hospital or Essex County Hospital to stay away if they have had diarrhoea or vomiting within the past 48 hours.

“If you’re fully fit, please do visit but be extra vigilant about washing your hands with soap and water and then again with the alcohol gel provided when arriving and leaving the ward.”

Mrs Dakin said she was aware of a high number of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in the community.

Many nursing homes in north east Essex are currently affected and the A&E department at Colchester General Hospital has also seen young people present with the symptoms.

Those with symptoms are advised to say at home, drink plenty of fluids, and remember to wash their hands before preparing food, before eating and after using the toilet.

If symptoms persist for more than a few days, it is recommended to call a GP or 111 for help and advice.

shares

0 comments

Lord Deben John Gummer, Christine Block, from Deben Estuary Partnership, Karen Thomas, from Water Management Alliance, Graham Henderson, from DEP, Simon Amstutz, from AONB, Therese Coffey MP, David Kemp from the Environment Agency, and Suffolk Coastal District Councillor Andy Smith gathered to launch the Deben Estuary Plan.

Three years of work have created a new community-led blueprint to protect and manage one of Suffolk’s treasures, the River Deben estuary

Detectives investigating a burglary at a home in Colchester have issued an efit of a man they would like to identify in connection with the incident.

Age UK is looking for volunteers to take part in a video

Bosses at Age UK Suffolk are looking for 10 older people to take part in a new promotional video that is being made to show off the work of the charity.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester

Rail delays at Colchester have been caused by a broken down train.

Rendlesham Care Centre rated ‘good’ by CQC (L-R) Danielle Brown, Administrator; Liz Slight, Home Manager; Maxine Crisp, Carer; Fabian Lossa, Carer; Rachael Last, Receptionist

Rendlesham Care Centre was found to provide a safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led service according to the CQC report.

Andrew Gaskell, who was almost totally paralised in a scrum accident playing for Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club in 1998, lost body hair in a bid to raise £5.500 for a standing wheelchair.

A former Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club player who was partially paralysed in a scrum accident 17 years ago has gone for the smooth-bodied look in a bid to raise more than £5,000 for a specialist piece of equipment.

A diversion has been put in place

Severe traffic delays in Chelmsford have been caused by a traffic collision.

Woodbridge Carnival fireworks 2015.

People in an east Suffolk town are being asked to vote with their cash if they want a fireworks display next year.

Station Hill in Bury St Edmunds, which is being redeveloped.

Plans for more than 100 flats near the train station in Bury St Edmunds - an area of the town that is earmarked for regeneration - have been recommended to be refused.

Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey (centre) with members of her team and Fern Howard (left) from the Alzheimer’s Society

It follows a visit by the Alzheimer’s Society, who run the Dementia Friends scheme, to help Dr Coffey and her staff understand the effect of dementia on everyday lives.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages